I don’t know no Terry lad.

I have eaten SO many chocolate things in the last week, don’t judge me. Since I’ve discovered that using gluten free flour really doesn’t make a bit of a difference, I’ve just gone a bit mad. Today I’m going to share a Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake. I’ve served this up to quite a few people and all were pleased – even those who thought they wouldn’t like chocolate orange. This recipe is also uses gluten free flour and baking powder, but as always, if you don’t want it to be gluten free, use your every day flour. (PS don’t forget to follow and share on twitter x)

Right, you need:

190g butter
140g plain GF flour
3 large free range eggs
190g light brown sugar
75g cocoa powder
1tsp GF baking powder
20ml milk
zest of one orange and half the juice

First things first. Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 and find yourself a 2lb loaf tin and line it up. I actually love sharing loaf cake recipes on the blog, I just adore them. 
Zest your large orange – try to get about a tablespoon of zest at least. Leave this to one side and squeeze the juice out of one half of the orange. If you want a stronger orange flavour, go for it. 
Weigh out your butter and beat it until soft. Add in your sugar and cream it together until light and fluffy. Next, add your eggs (one at a time) and beat well between each. Add in your zest and juice and give a mix. Now sieve your flour, baking powder and cocoa into the mixture and mix well making sure all is incorporated and you don’t have any sly bit of flour at the bottom of the bowl. 
Tip your mix into your prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for an hour. Now, my oven at my home-home would definitely have this done to perfection in an hour. However, my oven in my own house is a bit..I don’t want to say lazy but just not as capable. This cake needed about an hour and a quarter here so check it after an hour and see how it is. You’ll want it kinda on the moist side though as I think it’s best eaten hot and gooey.
I put a simple chocolate ganache on top on my cake just to make it a bit more glamourous (though, there’s a lot to be said for a simple, good cake!). Simple heat half a small pack of double cream and pour over about 100g of broken chocolate. Feel free to add more orange juice here and mix. You can leave it to set a bit and spread over your cake when cooled, or for a real chocolatey hit, pour it over while your cake is still warm and tuck in. 
Definitely serve this one with milk..maybe low fat though! 

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